The arms race that is college athletics achieved a degree of separation Thursday.
One quick observation at practice shows you why Columbus Christian Academy football coach Greg Watkins thinks his club will be significantly better in 2014.
Friday night, it was not business as usual for the "Old Announcer."
Expectations has been a buzzword in the state of Mississippi for the past month. Whether the topic has been Mississippi State, Ole Miss, or MSU vs. Ole Miss, message boards, Twitter, and radio and television broadcasters have been in overdrive to keep up with the anticipation for what could be the state's best college football season in a long time.
Everyone likes to talk about football in the summer. Lately, as anticipation has grown for each new season, a familiar question has been asked ... "Will EMCC be THAT good again?" For the past three offseasons, that question has been met with the same response "Heck, why not?"
With the official countdown to the start of the prep football season now at less than two months, it honestly is time to start getting excited.
For these three weeks, we really are all soccer fans.
Hunter Renfroe has to be smiling. Nearly one year ago, Renfroe hit the last home run in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park to lead the Mississippi State baseball team to a victory against Oregon State. It will be interesting to see how long Renfroe remains the answer to a trivia question as another power-starved CWS approaches its second week of action in Omaha, Nebraska.
On Friday, Tom Velek couldn't help look back 10 years ago on the eve of the most important weekend in youth sports history in the city of Columbus.
The New Hope High School baseball team is basking in its new role as the favorites to the win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.
"Are you going to be that kind of parent?" I don't recall who asked me the question. It was several years ago, well before my son, Austin, played his first baseball game or soccer match. But after years of umpiring at nearly every age division, I kind of knew the direction the questioner was going.
Even after all of these years, there is still something special about the Mississippi Coliseum.
This is the first step. As much as Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer would like to point to a victory against No. 11 Georgia last season or a win against Vanderbilt at home this season, the announcement late Monday night that MSU (19-13) had received a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament was the first tangible sign of progress for Schaefer in his second season as the head coach of the program.
Vic Schaefer has next. That should be a welcoming thought for Victoria Vivians. As much as the Mississippi State women's basketball coach has earned his reputation as "Secretary of Defense," he likely won't sick multiple defenders on Vivians when she arrives in Starkville later this year to begin her career as a Bulldog.
Jamierra Faulkner is a great player. The same can be said for Martha Alwal and Tia Faleru. For arguments sake, you could throw in Valencia McFarland and no one would argue she isn't one of the best women's basketball players in the state of Mississippi. Which player is "the best?"
LOUISVILLE -- At the end of the 2012 season, the cloud lifted for Louisville High School football coach M.C. Miller. Three years ago, Miller left his job as Noxubee County High's football coach to take the same position at Harrison Central High. In less than a week's time, Miller was on the move again, taking over at perennial power Louisville.
In his postgame news conference, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen used words like "miraculous" and "divine intervention" after his team's 17-10 overtime victory against Ole Miss on Thursday night in the Battle for the Golden Egg.
For Ray Perkins, it has always been about seeing a player or group of players find success.
For the past 15 years or so, the future of slow-pitch softball as a Mississippi High School Activities Association sanctioned sport has been debated.
What a strange football season this has been for Columbus High School.
1. Collins leaves MSU to take same position at Florida COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Nicholson takes over for Terrill at Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. McKinney leads MSU's All-America honorees COLLEGE SPORTS
5. No. 11 Wichita State edges Alabama COLLEGE SPORTS